Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A poem written for me?

Do you ever read/hear/see something and think to yourself, "wow...that was meant for me?" I know it sounds silly, but since I've been with Justin, I tend to have this kind of moment on a regular basis. I've come to the conclusion that I need to start stockpiling everything I find somehow and perhaps make an attempt to utilize them in our wedding in some shape or form. Songs that inspire me could be played at the reception, or during a slideshow at the rehearsal dinner, quotes could be printed on programs, etc. There are a lot of ideas swimming around in my head.

Today I came across the most wonderful poem by Taylor Mali: Falling in love is like owning a dog. Check out the rest of his website and read his other poems too!

This...is perfect...we met because of our dogs, and to me, this poem not only speaks to us, but is a concept that most people comprehend. Plus, it is just so playfully put, but read it for yourself and you'll see!

Falling in love is like owning a dog
Taylor Mali

First of all, it's a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you're walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain't no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn't like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don't you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you're all wound up and can't move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

Certainly, if I were to have a reading of this somewhere...there would have to be a few edits (seeing as we don't live in New York for one thing)...but gosh, I just love it!

Have any songs, quotes, poems, etc. inspired you? What are they? And, if you are implementing them in your plans, how are you doing so?

1 comment:

  1. I am SO glad that I re-read your blog.... we (ok, I) want to use this in our wedding and couldn't recall where I first saw it-- your blog! My fellow dog dating friend!!! Ahhh...sigh....thank you


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